Conversations with the Dead - Photographs of Prison Life with the Letters and Drawings of Billy Mccune #122054

Author(s): Danny Lyon

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A digitally remastered facsimile edition of Danny Lyon's seminal 1971 photobook, highly influential in the history of documentary photography. Heralded as a "masterpiece" by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History Volume II. Revolutionary in the 1970s, Lyon's record of life inside the Texas prison system was one of the first photobooks to include ephemera and has been out of print for over 40 years. A valuable collector's item, first edition hardbacks in good condition sell for over $1000, this edition has been updated with a new afterword by Danny Lyon. The growth of the prison population in the US - currently the largest in the world - and recent debate over the drugs used in carrying out the death penalty highlight the continued relevance of this book today.


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Danny Lyon has long been considered one of the most original and influential documentary photographers and has produced numerous highly collectible photobooks, mounted solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, and won two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and ten National Endowment for the Arts awards. Lyon divides his time between New York State and New Mexico.

General Fields

  • : 9780714870519
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : September 2015
  • : August 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Danny Lyon
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 204